An education trust can now have institutes offering engineering, business administration and pharmacy courses within a campus with shared computer and library facilities.
Earlier, only government-run institutions could do it.
The All India Council for Technical Education’s new guidelines for integrated campus with multi-disciplines, issued on Friday, are also aimed at regularising the campuses where more than one institutions are running.
The council, which oversees the functioning of engineering and business schools, has relaxed by 10-20 per cent the land requirement for new campus.
“The norms will attract new education entrepreneurs who were not able to open institutes because of high cost of land,” said Anshu Kataria, chairman of Chandigarh-based Aryans Business School.
“The infrastructure cost for setting up an institution will be reduced because of common facilities. Many institutes have told us that building independent institutes was becoming difficult because of high costs,” said a council official, who didn’t want to be named.
The council has also called applications from private trusts for opening multi-discipline campuses.
These campuses will have one director but every institute will have its own dean. “It will help the institutes in handling faculty shortage,” the council official explained.